The Start... A Colorado Story!
After 23 hours with no sleep we finally arrived at our home for the summer. 110 Mohawk drive, Boulder, Colorado! Jackie, Chris and Kevin our hosts, a thank you to tem. Too tired to be excited we went straight to bed and into a deep slumber!
The next day was van sorting day-insurance, emissions test and finally registration! All very boring! Another night early to bed but feeling less jet lagged. Tomorrow would be our first real test-driving to Rocky Mountain National Park on a Saturday and battling with the tourists (obviously as climbers we bypass the tourist status)!
The van at Bear Lake 'parking lot' (car park)!
For our first day we were mainly checking out a few areas in the ‘Park’ but not venturing too high! Equipped with a gallon of water to see us through dehydration, headaches and nausea we set off on the slog to Emerald Lake, 40 minutes later and a little short of breath we arrived at our destination. The walk was stunning-snow capped mountains, the smell of pine and sounds of the babbling brook our accompaniment.
Alvin, Simon or Theodore?!
In terms of climbing the day was a write off....well kind of. We tried a few things, lost a bit of skin and had a little success but the hardest day was done! The walk down was much easier and this morning I am starting to feel a little more normal.
Dream Lake (RMNP)
Contributed by: David Mason